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Abby Girl Recommends Easy Trails



Stroller friendly, easy trails in the Hudson Valley

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We have been hearing a lot of mom's asking where the easier trails are in the Hudson Valley. Not everyone likes scrambling over boulders like us and just want to take it easy. Hey, sometimes even we like a nice stroll. We just gone doing almost 80 miles in six weeks on every type of trail imaginable from easy to a level 9. So an easy trail post felt like a good idea. Here are a few and many are even stroller friendly!

Madam Brett, Beacon NY-

You can go to the left or the right when you arrive in the parking lot. The left is rougher and more woodsy. However, it takes you to a nice waterfall. We actually ventured beyond the "friendly" part and are curious where the trails go on the other side. 

My friend took a basic stroller and struggled a little bit. So a more heavy duty stroller would be better.

To the right is a nice path that takes you all the way to the train and beyond. More of a marsh setting and there are offshoot trails that I wouldn't recommend with a stroller that take you to the water. 

I love all the varying habitats that you can see and you can get in a good walk if you do both sides. There is also a lot of wild life.

wandering on an easy trail

Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY-

We have done both Madam Brett and Long Dock in the same day. A lot of nice wide, paved paths and plenty of spots to see the water. Again, offshoot trails are not really stroller friendly. We also encountered some nasty trash here along the water's edge and a dead fish. So just be careful.

waterside


There are many trails within this system and if you complete so many in a year, you can receive an awesome patch. I forgot to turn in our list last year. All the details should be online. All the trails are easy. Many are stroller friendly such as the Farm to Lane Trail that connects RT 9G and RT 9. For the more adventurous, some good offshoot trails (not stroller friendly). However, if you stay around the gardens at the historical landmarks or even the trail by Bard Rock, you can bring a stroller.


Only note is a lot of these places like Winnakee Preserve (not stroller friendly) and Farm to Lane get extremely buggy. My dog also loves the large amount of swamp water at many of the trails along the system. So bring bug spray and a towel for your car if Fido is coming along.

easy trails

The Great Swamp, Pawling NY-

The great swamp is part of the Appalachian Trail. This section is all boardwalks. Very difficult if your little one needs to use the bathroom. Go before you start exploring. There are lots of birds and it's a really peaceful place. 

At the end, the terrain becomes not stroller friendly and starts heading up hill. We have ventured up a bit even getting a boot trapped in the mud.

boardwalk

Rail Trails-

Obviously the rail trails are friendly for anyone. There is the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Dutchess and Ulster. You can even go over the Walkway over the Hudson. Don't do it if you are really afraid of heights. I went across once and I was terrified.

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Strigham Park, Lagrangeville, NY-

We just discovered this gem while doing the Get Fit Challenge. Here there is a paved walking path that goes around the lake. It is just under a mile round trip and is super nice. We went early in the morning and there was so much wildlife. I felt like I was in a Disney Movie. Wanted to bust out in song and have a little bird land on my shoulder. Only downside is all the geese poop bombs.

There are also fields and great all abilities playground. My daughter had a fantastic time spinning me in circles until I was almost sick. There is also a beautiful tribute garden and Abby loved all the blooming flowers.

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